Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

Online Criminal Justice Associate Degree

Develop the knowledge and skills you need to enter the competitive field of criminal justice with an online Criminal Justice Associate Degree. Explore the fundamentals of investigation, law enforcement, laws and courts, and corrections and parole, while also addressing juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system.

     

Next Start Date:

October 24, 2018

Total Credits:

90

Offered:

Online
Atlanta
Houston

Online Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program Details

Online Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program Outline

Today’s criminal justice professional must be knowledgeable and skilled in every component of the system to address the public’s demand for protection and services. AIU’s Online Criminal Justice Associate degree program is designed to help provide students with an applicable foundation of fundamental criminal justice knowledge and skills, so students can prepare to enter the profession in a variety of first-line positions.


Online Criminal Justice programs can help you learn how to:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of law enforcement, the courts, corrections and the juvenile-justice system
  • Describe and differentiate the various explanations of crime causation
  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities to obtain an entry-level position in the criminal-justice field

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Criminal Justice Associate Degree Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Elective (1 Course) 4.5
Humanities (2 Courses) 9
Natural Sciences (2 Courses) 9
Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses) 9
Total Credit Hours: 58.5

Lower Division Core
CRJS101 Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems 4.5
CRJS105 Theories of Crime Causation 4.5
CRJS205 Introduction to Criminal Law 4.5
CRJS210 Introduction to Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS215 Introduction to American Court System 4.5
CRJS220 Foundations of Corrections 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 27
General Electives
General Elective 4.5
or
CRJS240 Careers in Criminal Justice 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 4.5

Total Credit Hours : 90

Criminal Justice Associate Degree Classes Overview

In this industry-focused curriculum, students can be exposed to the foundational areas of the discipline: investigation and law enforcement, law and courts, and corrections and parole. The program also addresses juvenile delinquency and the juvenile-justice system. Courses are structured to assist students in the development of their goals as they can learn focused knowledge and skills common to criminal justice professionals.

For an Online Criminal Justice Associate Degree, your classes may include:

Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems

This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system. Emphasis will be on crime in America, the criminal justice process, law enforcement, adjudication, punishment, corrections, and prisons. Students will also learn about crime, law and justice, as well as special issues in the criminal justice system.

Theories of Crime Causation

This course is an overview of theoretical perspectives in criminology. This entails the nature, causation and etiology of criminal behaviors in offenders.

Introduction to Criminal Law

This course furnishes a concise but comprehensive introduction to the substantive criminal law. It offers an understanding of the legal environment in which criminal justice professionals must function and helps students to gain a clear understanding of the principles of the law that will be vital to success in the field of criminal justice.

Introduction to Law Enforcement

This course surveys the police service delivery system at the Federal, state, and local levels. Consideration will be given to historical development, the police role in contemporary society, and primary objectives of police agencies.

Introduction to the American Court System

This course covers the structure and organization of the federal and state court system with special attention to the criminal courts. The basic functions of the courts will be examined.

Foundations of Corrections

This course is an introduction to the correctional process and interventions designed to prevent and control adult criminal behavior. This course will address the philosophy and goals underlying the correctional interventions, types of criminal sentencing, and penal sanctions including community-based corrections, institutional corrections, and parole.

Careers in Criminal Justice

This course introduces students to multiple aspects of the criminal justice system: investigations, interviewing and report writing activities as practiced by police, court and correctional personnel for career success. Students will learn writing, reporting procedures and requirements, crime scene management, technology, interviewing and interrogation skills practiced by criminal justice professionals, and strategies for successfully seeking and obtaining employment

Course content subject to change.

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

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Ways to Save on Your Online Criminal Justice Associate Degree

From grants to military service to transfer credits, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your Online Criminal Justice Associate Degree at AIU:

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Reduced Military Tuition Rate – AIU Online offers a 45% tuition reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly credit policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits needed toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, qualifying military service, or eligible work experience

For more information, review the AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credit Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your eligible past work and qualifying military experience

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